Shells with Peas, Cream, Parsley, & Mint

I’ve told you guys before that I’m not a huge cream sauce fan.  However, I may have to literally eat my words because I made a cream sauce that I actually like:  Shells w/Peas, Cream, Parsley & Mint.  The combination might sound strange but trust me when I say that peas and fresh mint are an amazing combo.  I don’t know what it is, but the mint in this dish shines and makes this cream sauce taste extraordinary.  I used Fontina and Parmesan cheeses and seasoned the dish simply with some black pepper and sea salt.  This recipe is super simple to make and can be lightened up by using milk, less cream or lite cream.  While I’m not a huge advocate of cream sauces, this dish really made me think twice about them.  Definitely give this dish a try.
What is a meal that you thought you didn’t like, but then surprised
yourself by liking?
  • 1 16-ounce package large shell pasta
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly grated Fontina cheese
  • 1 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided


  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot,
  2. Meanwhile, bring cream to simmer in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peas and simmer just until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups cheese and stir until melted and sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in mint and 1/4 cup parsley. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat, adding pasta cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls and sprinkle with remaining parsley. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.

*Adapted from Bon Appetit


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10 responses to “Shells with Peas, Cream, Parsley, & Mint

  1. Peas and mint… classic and elegant! This looks beautiful!

  2. mom

    When I was visiting, Kar had made this dish for dinner one night and it was absolutely delicious. It was creamy but light. I loved it!!

  3. This dish looks and sounds delectable. It’s the perfect dish for the coming season, too. Lovely photos, too!

  4. Drool-worthy. Love the mix of greens in there!

  5. Tes

    I can eat this everyday 🙂 it looks so fresh and comforting 🙂

  6. Love the peas and mint combo

  7. this looks amazing and im sure it tastes even better!

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